Nowhere Near the End of the Line

21 Mar

With news of sequestration and federal budget cuts, municipalities across the country are feeling as though they have reached the end of the line. Reduced federal funding has many states, counties, and cities slashing services and considering tax hikes. Everyone from senior citizens, to students, to airport passengers are feeling the sting of the cuts, yet there is hope. Reports indicate we’re beating the odds,  however it is time we look elsewhere for new and innovative methods for creating lasting economic development.

This month we examine areas other than the federal government for sources of economic opportunity.  We observe the State of California seeking to make legislative changes to its economic enterprise zones in the hopes of creating more jobs and economic growth.  We see non-profit organizations mobilizing change through research, community engagement, and the brightest thought leaders. Finally, we leave the country all together to visit Latin America and their innovative transportation solutions.

As we look towards the coming of spring, we can also look to places other than the federal government for our needs. We are not at the end of the line, just figuring out how to build more track.

Sincerely yours,

Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano

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